Top tips to stay safe this Bank Holiday

Friday, 25 August 2017

This Bank Holiday weekend we are encouraging people to stay well and enjoy the extra day off.

Bank Holidays tend to be busy times for health services and people are being advised to follow some simple advice to ensure they can make the most of the weekend, rather than ending up in the Emergency Department with an injury or illness.

Pastimes such as DIY, soaking up the sunshine (if we’re lucky!), BBQs and having a few drinks, all have their potential risks and the advice is to enjoy them with care. Following some basic tips should mean that you can enjoy yourself this Bank Holiday without a trip to the Emergency Department.

Our top tips:

  • If you are feeling unwell now, seek medical advice before the bank holiday starts. Don’t let your condition deteriorate.
  • If you are going out drinking, know your limits and alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks or water.
  • Be safe on the roads. Plan your journey. Stay calm in traffic. Don’t drink and drive.
  • If you are lighting up a BBQ this weekend, make sure it is on level ground and away from fences, sheds and overhanging trees. Never light a BBQ in an enclosed place and never pour petrol, meths or other accelerants on to a barbecue. Keep children away from lit BBQs and ensure food is cooked properly.
  • Burns and scalds – immediately place the area under cold running water to take the heat out of the skin. Don't do this for longer than 10 minutes, as babies and toddlers can get too cold. If there’s no running water, immerse the burn or scald in cold water or any other cool fluid, such as milk or a cold drink.
  • Sprains and strains – most can be cared for at home using PRICE therapy (protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation). Painkillers will help too.
  • If you need medical advice over the bank holiday, call NHS 111 (available 24/7). Only call 999 in an emergency.

If you do become unwell consider the most appropriate service for your healthcare needs. Your local pharmacy can give advice and suggest suitable medication for a range of illnesses and ailments. NHS 111 can advise whether you need addition healthcare support and can arrange out of hours GP appointments if appropriate.

Emergency Department Matron, Juliette Hughes, said: “We want you to enjoy your Bank Holiday and avoid a trip to our Emergency Department.

“We will be here ready to treat you if you do suffer a genuine emergency or are seriously ill but we ask you to look after yourself, your friends and relatives to avoid preventable accidents.

“If you do become unwell and it is not an emergency, your local pharmacy or NHS 111 may be able to help and could save you a trip to the Emergency Department.”